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Soundnet charts reveal pub favourites – new and old

jukebox-hits-of-2014-2Soundnet has released its charts revealing the most-played artists, tracks and genres, on digital jukeboxes this year.

Once again, there is an eclectic mix of old and new in the charts, reflecting the varied tastes of the pub-going public. While chart hits still dominate – with Ed Sheeran surprisingly hitting the top spot in most-played artists – Oasis are at number two for first time in many years.

Happy from Pharrell Williams is the most played track on Soundnet-powered jukeboxes in pubs this year. The feel-good song received 130,242 plays, while the rest of Pharrell’s many releases together got less than 11,000 plays. Could this be the Minion effect?

Old favourite The Gambler from Kenny Rogers comes in at number 39 on the most played track charts. Once again, this is the highest-ranking oldie track on our charts. Meanwhile, a plethora of brand new artists arrived on the scene this year to make a big impression – for example George Ezra, Kiesza, Sam Smith and Mr Probz. Swedish sensation Avicii – which was number one most played artist in 2013 has slipped to number 7 this year.

As for the X Factor effect, Ella Henderson is the only alumni to make it onto the chart. Her debut Ghost makes it into most played tracks at number 7. However, following the recent X Factor final it will be interesting to see if winner Ben Haenow or runner-up Fleur East join Ella on next year’s charts.

Soundnet customers will not receive their next update until after Christmas but if anyone wants to get Ben’s X Factor winning single before that time following its release straight after the final, this can be arranged.

“Once again, our charts show subtle differences to the Official Charts Company and Spotify charts which reflect the unique tastes of our jukebox clientele,” says Toby Hoyte. “The pub environment attracts a cross-section of age groups who are out to have a good time and clearly the jukebox is an important aspect of that.”

Soundnet has had an exclusive UK jukebox agreement with the Official Charts Company to supply its digital jukeboxes with the Official Singles Chart, since 2006. In 2013 Soundnet doubled the presence of The Official Singles Chart within its estate to 12,500 jukeboxes, covering 65% of the UK market. This agreement was extended still further in 2014.

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